A service specification of third generation wireless systems using wideband CDMA is to enable the delivery of data rates up to 2 Mbps to a single user on the downlink channel. One implication of such high data rates is the reduction of spreading gain, which results in increased multiple-access interference and also self-interference (SI). The latter is the result of multi-path propagation and the imperfect autocorrelation properties of spreading sequences that must be used for despreading. In this paper, SI is estimated using a semi-analytical approach when the number of distinct multipath groups, each the vector sum of all multipath signals received within the delay resolution of the receiver and their strengths are estimated using measured data. This in turn is used to predict bit error rates as a function of signal-to-noise ratio when a Rake receiver is used in a mobile terminal.

56th Vehicular Technology Conference
Department of Systems and Computer Engineering

Adnani, N.V., Bultitude, R.J.C., & Hafez, R. (2002). Propagation-measurement-based predictions of rake receiver performance in W-CDMA systems operating in urban microcells. Presented at the 56th Vehicular Technology Conference.